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The Terror

A Mystery

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Author: Arthur Machen
Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 38,736 / 112 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 4,094
Added to site: 2011.10.01 30828

One of Machen's best horror novels. A series of murders take place, but who or what is responsible?

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se, neither the name of the works nor of the town had been printed; there had been a brief notice of "Explosion at Munition Works in the Northern District: Many Fatalities." The working man told me about it, and added some dreadful details.

"They wouldn't let their folks see bodies; screwed them up in coffins as they found them in shop. The gas had done it."

"Turned their faces black, you mean?"

"Nay. They were all as if they had been bitten to pieces."

This was a strange gas.

I asked the man in the northern town all sorts of questions about the extraordinary explosion of which he had spoken to me. But he had very little more to say. As I have noted already, secrets that may not be printed are often deeply kept; last summer there were very few people outside high official circles who knew anything about the "Tanks," of which we have all been talking lately, though these strange instruments of war were being exercised and tested in a park not far from London. So the man who t



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